European ETF of the Year – 2016
Awarded to the ETF that has done the most to improve investor opportunities and outcomes in 2016, by providing access to interesting areas of the market, lowering costs, offering new exposures or otherwise creating better results for investors. There is no requirement for an ETF launch date for this award.
- Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF
A plain vanilla ETF, the Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF offers diversified exposure to emerging markets at a rock bottom fee of just 0.20% a year. Investors applauded the offering in 2016, pushing total assets under management to over $2 billion euros.
- db X-trackers MSCI USA Index UCITS ETF
US politics in 2016 were anything but boring, and savvy investors made a solid choice in betting on this ETF. XMUS saw inflows of $431 million, over 17% of its AUM for the year. Post election, the fund caught the “Trump rally” perfectly and became a default choice for US exposure on multiple European exchanges.
- Lyxor FTSE Actuaries UK Gilts Inflation-Linked (DR) UCITS ETF
With inflation concerns hitting home in Great Britain—nominations for this ETF mentioned the “Marmitegate” price scandal—the Lyxor FTSE Actuaries UK Gilts Inflation-Linked UCITS ETF is the right ETF at the right time. With fees of just 0.07% per year, it’s the lowest cost way to gain exposure to inflation-linked bonds, and its performance in 2016 was stellar—rising more than 25% on the year.
- iShares Edge MSCI World Value Factor UCITS ETF
The iShares Edge MSCI World Value Factor UCITS ETF gathered $916 million in net new assets in 2016, the highest among all factor ETFs in Europe, as investors sought out an ETF that targets stocks that are undervalued relative to their fundamentals.
- Ossiam Shiller Barclays CAPE US Sector Value TR UCITS ETF 1C (USD)
It’s not every day that you get to combine ETF-level efficiency with the insights of a Nobel Prize winner, but that’s exactly what this Ossiam Shiller ETF does, relying on the work of Nobel laureate Bob Shiller’s insights into security valuation to create a differentiated portfolio. The value of that relationship showed in 2016, as the fund outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 6%.
- Vanguard S&P 500
Yes it’s boring, but that’s the point: This simple, straightforward ETF brought ultra low cost exposure to one of the world’s most followed indexes, and investors piled in as a result.